$100,000 boost for Queensland cancer care providers

Cancer Council is calling on not-for-profit hospital departments and community organisations looking to enhance support for Queenslanders affected by cancer to apply for a share of $100,000 through its 2015 Community Grants Program.

The grants program will enable eligible organisations to apply for funding of up to $10,000 for cancer-related initiatives that aim to ease discomfort and distress caused by cancer treatment.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the Community Grants Program would have a direct and positive impact on cancer patients.

“This initiative will improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients by funding items and equipment that will enhance privacy, comfort and dignity for people affected by cancer and their carers,” Ms Clift said.

“The grants program will also provide a much needed boost for local health care providers, allowing them to deliver a high quality of service.”

Last year, 22 organisations across the state benefitted from Cancer Council Queensland’s Community Grants Program.

The program funded applications for items including special recliners, pressure relieving mattresses and cushions, cooling devices, soft furnishings, electronic entertainment items, decorative room curtains and other individual care items.

Since the Community Grants Program was implemented in 2011, Cancer Council Queensland has injected around half a million dollars into hospital departments and community organisations caring for Queenslanders affected by cancer.

Applications for the 2015 round of funding opened on Monday, March 23 and will close on Friday, May 1.

All not-for-profit community health care providers in Queensland, including hospital departments and community organisations and groups whose key focus is cancer care, are eligible to apply.

Application forms are available at cancerqld.org.au or by calling 13 11 20 Cancer Support and Information.

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity. The achievements of Cancer Council Queensland are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

For interviews, please contact:

Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland

P. (07) 3634 5372 M. 0409 001 171

For more information, please contact:

Kim Ryan, Senior Media Specialist, Cancer Council Queensland

P. (07) 3634 5239 M. 0488 015 702